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4G LTE Network in Israel

Deployment of the 4G LTE network in Israel was launched only a year ago, but according to data just released from OpenSignal, Israel is, in fact, one of the world leaders in providing high speed LTE.

How Fast is the 4G LTE Network in Israel?

According to the OpenSignal study, Israel is ranked 4th when it comes to browsing speeds and the average download speed of LTE in Israel, stands at 28 Mbps (megabytes per second). This makes the surfing speed in Israel one of the world’s highest. That being said, since the 4G LTE network in Israel is currently being deployed around the country, only about half of Israel has LTE coverage. For example, Cellcom‘s 4G LTE network in Israel, used by NES Mobile covers about 44% of the network with 4G LTE, while the rest of the network is still 3G.

Is 3G in Israel Faster than 4G in Other Places?

Many NES Mobile customers told us that they found Israel’s 3G speed actually faster than some European countries’ 4G networks. We never truly investigated that, but there is a possible technical explanation why some may feel that it is so.

Even rural areas in Israel can get good mobile coverage. 4G LTE Network in Israel

Even rural areas in Israel can get good mobile coverage. 4G LTE Network in Israel

Mobile networks have parameters and can only support a certain number of users or a certain amount of bandwidth at any given time. Mobile network operators attempt to handle excess demand by putting up additional cell towers. Each mobile operator has their own cost-benefit analysis to determine their subscriber demand to cell tower ratio differently.  The higher subscriber to cell tower ratio, the slower the speed and reception. The lower subscriber to cell tower ratio, the faster the speed and the reception is better. This means that in areas with a large number of mobile phone users with relatively few cell towers, it’s a fairly safe assumption that the majority of users accessing 4G networks with a high subscriber/tower ratio may actually get a slower speed than a well-covered area in Israel that may only have 3G, but with a low subscriber/tower ratio.

As a matter of fact, a customer can be connected to their mobile carrier’s 4G network with full 5 Bars of signal strength, but downloading can be as slow as molasses. Which could explain why some customers found Israel’s 3G speed actually faster than other countries’ 4G.

What Data Speed Will I Actually Get in Israel?

As Israelis often answer, it depends…

According to open signal the average 4G LTE speed is 28 Mbps. Our internal testing on Cellcom’s network (which NES Mobile uses for its Israel 4G SIM card service) showed an average speed of about 23 Mbps on 4G, and 8 Mbps on 3G. Our internal testing is by no means scientific, but more of an internal poll and results can vary based on location and other factors.

4G LTE Network in Israel - SIM Card from NESMobile

4G LTE Network in Israel – SIM Card from NESMobile

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a leading provider of cellular solutions for visitors to Israel. NES Mobile offers Israel SIM cards using 4G LTE Network in Israel for tourists, as well as Israel SIMs and Pocket Wi-Fi plans with unlimited data for students visiting Israel.

NES Mobile offers FREE deliveries across the USA & Israel. For more information please visit

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Israeli SIM Card Samsung and Nexus

Israeli SIM cardsYou no longer have to rent a basic phone when you come to Israel. All you need to do is bring your Galaxy, Nexus or any other Smartphone and insert an Israeli SIM into the cell phone. We created these short tutorials and added some demonstration videos to show you how easy and simple it is to bring your own Smartphone to Israel and how to simply insert an Israeli SIM card into your existing Android phone. For instructions on how to insert an Israel SIM card to an iPhone click here.

Israeli SIM Card for Samsung & Nexus Cellphones

Before ordering an Israeli SIM card from NES Mobile, please verify that your cell phone is unlocked and can accept a foreign SIM card. Here are some simple Tutorial videos demonstrating how to replace SIM cards in the various Samsung Galaxy phones as well as various Nexus models.  These steps should only be done once you arrive in Israel.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy s4

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Google Nexus 4 (LG)

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There are Five Easy Steps to Replace the SIM Card

  1. Open the back cover: Different models have different ways to remove the back cover of the phone.
  2. Remove the battery: In most cases, you will need to remove the battery in order to access the SIM card slot.
  3. Replace the SIM card: Gently remove the existing SIM card from the slot and replace it with the Israeli SIM card you received from NES Mobile. Be sure to match the gold contact of the SIM card to the contacts in the SIM card slot. Hint: There’s only one way to align the shape of the SIM card correctly.
  4. Place the battery back into position, be sure to match the gold contacts to those on the device.
  5. Place the back cover of the device.

Optional – 9 out of 10 times the above five steps are enough, but at times you may also need to change the data APN settings. You can easily set it up by following the link with instructions on how to set the Data APN settings on an Android phone.

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a mobile provider of cellular services for tourists visiting Israel. NES Mobile provides Israeli SIM cards for all phone models with unlimited call and data packages.

USA Delivery: We can deliver your NES Mobile Israeli SIM card to your home or office in the USA prior to your departure.

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Israel Cell Phone Travel Tips

Israel Cell Phone Travel Tips

Plan ahead, order your Israel phone rental in advance

Plan ahead, order your Israel phone rental in advance

If you’re planning to travel to Israel, you have surely taken care of ordering  airline tickets and accommodations. However, many visitors (if not most), forget to arrange for local phone (and data) rentals. When looking for a company which rents out Israel phones and SIM cards, do your homework.

Here are just a few things to look into:

Plan Ahead – But Better Late than Never…

In all likelihood, your local cell provider charges very high rates for roaming. Roaming charges for calls range from $1.99-$3.59 per minute!!!  Data can cost as much as $20 per MB! It is therefore far cheaper to order an Israeli SIM card or phone before your trip. However, if you did not take care of a phone rental for Israel in advance, it’s not too late – we deliver in the USA or Israel.

Advertised Price Does NOT Always Mean Actual Price…

Some companies do a fine job of hiding certain charges in the fine print and you only find out about them at the end of your trip. Here are some examples of what to watch out for:

How many days are you actually paying for?

NES Mobile only charges for the days you’re actually in Israel, even if you receive the phones and SIM cards several days ahead of your trip to Israel. While there’s a 7 day minimum rental,  You only pay for the days you use it in Israel, not for the days the phone is in transit.


Other companies, charge you for the days you keep the phone, even if you’re in the USA! NES Mobile also gives you a grace period of one week to return the phone  after your return to the USA. Also remember, NES Mobile does NOT require you to return the SIM card at the end of the trip. Other companies do (and charge a penalty if you don’t do so).

Insurance & Late FeesNES-Mobile-Why-US

NES Mobile does NOT charge any insurance fees. Furthermore, our loss/stolen fees are the lowest in the industry, even when compared to the deductibles some companies charge AFTER charging you an insurance fee…


NES Mobile does NOT charge deposits. Other companies do.

VAT (Value Added Tax- similar to sales tax)

We clearly state that there’s an additional VAT. Keep in mind that all Israeli companies are required to charge VAT, even if it’s not advertised, even if they don’t advertise it ahead of time. Read More…


What Israeli Mobile Network are they Using?Network-coverage-Israel

Your Israeli cell service is only as good as the network it’s on. There are several network providers in Israel and, just like in the USA, some networks have better coverage than others. NES Mobile uses Cellcom’s network which has the largest network coverage in Israel, and covers the entire country.

Quality of Devices

NES Mobile’s Mifi devices are top quality with a battery life of 4-5 hours and come with unlimited Internet in Israel. You can also use these MiFi devices while they’re charging. Please note: Some companies use Mifi devices that do NOT work while plugged into the wall (charging), so you must charge them first and only then can they be used. You cannot use them and charge them at the same time.

NES Mobile‘s cell phone rentals are usually basic, good quality models of Nokia and Samsung (such as the Nokia 100). They are all in good condition and are usually no older than 6-12 months.


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